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1 Principal’s Letter to Parents Welcome Austin Raider Scholars! As our staff and students are “Designing Collegiate Scholars” we encourage you to join in with designs (chevron, hound’s-tooth, etc.) throughout the year! Our 2013 - 2014 collegiate theme will surely encourage an enriching year in reading, science, math, writing, music, social studies, physical education and more. The Austin Elementary Student Handbook is designed to provide a resource for some of the basic information that you and your child will need during the school year. Please be aware that the term “parent” is used to refer to the parent, legal guardian, or other person who has agreed to assume school-related responsibility for a student. Both students and parents must be familiar with the Abilene Independent School District Student Code of Conduct, required by state law and intended to promote school safety and an atmosphere for learning. That document can be found on the website www.abileneisd.org or you can request a copy from the school office at Austin Elementary. The Student Handbook is designed to be in harmony with board policy and the Student Code of Conduct. Please be aware that the handbook is updated yearly, while policy adoption and revision may occur throughout the year. Please note that references to alphabetical policy codes are included so that parents can refer to current board policy. Changes in policy that affect Student Handbook provisions will be made available to students and parents through newsletters or other communications. In case of conflict between Board policy or the Student Code of Conduct and any provisions of student handbooks, the current provisions of Board policy or the Student Code of Conduct are to be followed. We encourage parents to review the entire handbook with their children and keep it as a reference during this school year. If you or your child has questions about any of the material in this handbook, please contact a teacher, the counselor, or the principal. We welcome your participation and support during the school year and solicit your membership in PTO and volunteer (VIPS) program. Working together, we will be able to reach excellence more readily. We are committed to preparing your child toward reaching his/her full potential as a true scholar. As teachers and parents we have a shared responsibility to prepare our children for the future. Austin Elementary teachers are the best and will be ready to help your children grow educationally! Sincerely, Carla Garrett, Principal Telephone Numbers Main office 690-3920-Darla Lorenz Cafeteria Ext. 1203- Gloria Hernandez FAX 794-1350 Nurse Ext. 7310-Kristen Riches Counselor Ext. 8648-Lindsay Smith Instructional Coordinator Ext. 2804-Christina Dooley
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Principal’s Letter to Parents

Welcome Austin Raider Scholars! As our staff and students are “Designing Collegiate Scholars” we encourage you to join in with designs (chevron, hound’s-tooth, etc.) throughout the year! Our 2013 - 2014 collegiate theme will surely encourage an enriching year in reading, science, math, writing, music, social studies, physical education and more. The Austin Elementary Student Handbook is designed to provide a resource for some of the basic information that you and your child will need during the school year. Please be aware that the term “parent” is used to refer to the parent, legal guardian, or other person who has agreed to assume school-related responsibility for a student. Both students and parents must be familiar with the Abilene Independent School District Student Code of Conduct, required by state law and intended to promote school safety and an atmosphere for learning. That document can be found on the website www.abileneisd.org or you can request a copy from the school office at Austin Elementary. The Student Handbook is designed to be in harmony with board policy and the Student Code of Conduct. Please be aware that the handbook is updated yearly, while policy adoption and revision may occur throughout the year. Please note that references to alphabetical policy codes are included so that parents can refer to current board policy. Changes in policy that affect Student Handbook provisions will be made available to students and parents through newsletters or other communications. In case of conflict between Board policy or the Student Code of Conduct and any provisions of student handbooks, the current provisions of Board policy or the Student Code of Conduct are to be followed. We encourage parents to review the entire handbook with their children and keep it as a reference during this school year. If you or your child has questions about any of the material in this handbook, please contact a teacher, the counselor, or the principal. We welcome your participation and support during the school year and solicit your membership in PTO and volunteer (VIPS) program. Working together, we will be able to reach excellence more readily. We are committed to preparing your child toward reaching his/her full potential as a true scholar. As teachers and parents we have a shared responsibility to prepare our children for the future. Austin Elementary teachers are the best and will be ready to help your children grow educationally! Sincerely, Carla Garrett, Principal

Telephone Numbers

Main office 690-3920-Darla Lorenz Cafeteria Ext. 1203- Gloria Hernandez

FAX 794-1350 Nurse Ext. 7310-Kristen Riches

Counselor Ext. 8648-Lindsay Smith Instructional Coordinator Ext. 2804-Christina Dooley

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AUSTIN ELEMENTARY HANDBOOK POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

SECTION I

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

Both experience and research tell us that a child’s education succeeds best when there is a strong partnership between home and school, a partnership that thrives on communication. Your involvement in this partnership may include:

Encouraging your child to put a high priority on education and working with your child on a daily basis to make the most of the educational opportunities the school provides. Ensure that your child completes all homework assignments and special projects. Be sure your child comes to school each day prepared, rested, and ready to learn.

Becoming familiar with all of your child’s school activities and with the academic programs, including special programs, offered in the district. Discuss with the counselor, instructional coordinator or principal any questions you may have about the options and opportunities available to your child. Monitor your child’s academic progress and contact teachers as needed.

Attending scheduled conferences and requesting additional conferences as needed. To schedule a telephone or in-person conference with a teacher, counselor, instructional coordinator or principal, please call the school office at 690-3920 for an appointment. The teacher will return your call and/or meet with you during his or her conference period.

Becoming a school volunteer. (For further information, see policy GKG and contact the PTO/ VIPS Coordinator.)

Participating in campus parent organizations. Parent organizations include: PTO committees.

Offering to serve as a parent representative on the district-level or campus-level planning committees assisting in the development of educational goals and plans to improve student achievement. (For further information, see policies at BQA and BQB.)

Offering to serve on the School Health Advisory Council, assisting the district in ensuring local community values are reflected in health education instruction.

Attending board meetings to learn more about district operations. (See policies BE and BED for more information.)

PTO The Austin PTO is an association of parents and staff members working cooperatively to enhance the educational program for our students. This association is based on mutual trust, respect, and understanding. The PTO provides many activities and services to the educational program that could not be accomplished without parental involvement. Please make sure you join PTO during this year’s membership drive! PTO sponsors and coordinates VIPS, school t-shirts, Skate Night, Imaginations, Fall Fest, the annual fundraiser, PTO Music and PE programs, school supplies, yearbook, Accelerated Reader, Teacher Appreciation, Spelling Bee, Citizenship Awards, and other school activities.

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Fundraising The students of Austin Elementary will be invited to participate in a fundraiser during the year sponsored by PTO. VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools) Our volunteers are invaluable! We appreciate the time and energy spent at Austin to enhance the educational environment for our students. There are so many activities that parents may volunteer their time for including tutoring, reading to students, working in the LRC, chaperoning field trips, helping with the music and P.E. programs, working the Tuesday Track Attack, making things for classroom use …the list is endless! The VIPS chairperson will send home a volunteer sign up sheet at the beginning of the year. Teachers will also have a sign-up sheet for homeroom moms.

We appreciate the work our volunteers do every day! When you volunteer, please remember to sign in at the main office.

PARENTAL RIGHTS

Obtaining Information and Protecting Students’ Rights

Your child will not be required to participate without parental consent in any survey, analysis, or evaluation—funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education—that concerns:

Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent.

Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family.

Sexual behavior or attitudes.

Illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior.

Critical appraisals of individuals with whom the student has a close family relationship.

Relationships privileged under law, such as relationships with lawyers, physicians, and ministers.

Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents.

Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility or to receive financial assistance under such a program.

You will be able to inspect any teaching materials used in connection with such a survey, analysis, or evaluation. (For further information, see policy EF.)

STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION

In its efforts to promote nondiscrimination, AISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, or disability in providing education services, activities, and programs, including vocational programs, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

“Opting Out” of Surveys and Activities

As a parent, you have a right to receive notice of and deny permission for your child’s participation in: Any survey concerning the private information listed above, regardless of funding.

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School activities involving the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information gathered from your child for the purpose of marketing or selling that information.

Any nonemergency, invasive physical examination or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered and scheduled by the school in advance and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of the student. Exceptions are hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law. [See policies EF and FFAA.]

Displaying of a Student’s Artwork and Projects The district will seek parental consent before displaying students’ artwork, special projects, photographs taken by the student, and the like on the district’s Web site, in printed material, by video, or by any other method of mass communication, Requesting Professional Qualifications of Teachers and Staff You may request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teachers, including whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction; whether the teacher has an emergency permit or other provisional status for which state requirements have been waived; and undergraduate and graduate degree majors, graduate certifications, and the field of study of the certification or degree. You also have the right to request information about the qualifications of any paraprofessional who may provide services to your child.

Reviewing Instructional Materials As a parent, you have a right to review teaching materials, textbooks, and other teaching aids and instructional materials used in the curriculum, and to examine tests that have been administered to your child. Accessing Student Records You may review your child’s student records when needed. You may review (1) attendance records, (2) test scores, (3) grades, (4) disciplinary records, (5) counseling records, (6) psychological records, (8) health and immunization information, (9) other medical records, (10) teacher and counselor evaluations, (11) reports of behavioral patterns, and (12) state assessment instruments that have been administered to your child.

Granting Permission to Video or Audio Record a Student As a parent, you may grant or deny any written request from the District to make a videotape or voice recording of your child. State law, however, permits the school to make a videotape or voice recording without parental permission for the following circumstances:

When it is to be used for school safety;

When it relates to classroom instruction or a co-curricular or extracurricular activity; or

When it relates to media coverage of the school.

Removing a Student Temporarily from the Classroom You may remove your child temporarily from the classroom if an instructional activity in which your child is scheduled to participate conflicts with your religious or moral beliefs. The removal cannot be for the purpose of avoiding a test and may not extend for an entire semester. Further, your child must satisfy grade-level and graduation requirements as determined by the school and by the Texas Education Agency.

Excusing a Student from Reciting the Pledges to the U.S. and Texas Flags As a parent, you may request that your child be excused from participation in the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas

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flag. The request must be in writing. State law does not allow your child to be excused from participation in the required minute of silence or silent activity that follows. (See Pledges of Allegiance and a Minute of Silence on page 23 and policy EC (LEGAL). Excusing a Student from Reciting a Portion of the Declaration of Independence You may request that your child be excused from recitation of a portion of the Declaration of Independence. State law requires students in social studies classes in grades 3–12 to recite a portion of the text of the Declaration of Independence during Celebrate Freedom Week unless you provide a written statement requesting that your child be excused,. (See policy EHBK.)

Requesting Notices of Certain Student Misconduct A noncustodial parent may request in writing that he or she be provided, for the remainder of the school year, a copy of any written notice usually provided to a parent related to his or her child’s misconduct that may involve placement in a disciplinary alternative education program (DAEP) or expulsion. (See policy FO (LEGAL) and the Student Code of Conduct)

Requesting Transfers for Your Child As a parent, you have a right to request the transfer of your child to another classroom or campus if your child has been determined to have been a victim of bullying as the term is defined by Education Code 25.0341. Transportation is not provided for a transfer to another campus. See the director of student services for information. (See policy FDB.)

Withdrawal from School A student under 18 may be withdrawn from school only by a parent. The school requests notice from the parent in advance so that records and documents may be prepared. The withdrawal form will be given to each teacher for current grade averages and book clearance; to the librarian to assure a clear library record; to the clinic for health records; and finally, to the office. A copy of the withdrawal form will be given to the parent and a copy placed in the student’s permanent record.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Parents of Students with Disabilities Parents of students with learning difficulties or who may need special education services may request an evaluation for special education at any time. For more information, see Special Programs on page 26 and contact our counselor at 690-3920 Ext. 8648. Options and Requirements for Providing Assistance to Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need or May Need Special Education If a child is experiencing learning difficulties, the parent may contact the person listed below to learn about the district’s overall general education referral or screening system for support services. This system links students to a variety of support options, including referral for a special education evaluation. Students having difficulty in the regular classroom should be considered for tutorial, compensatory, and other academic or behavior support services that are available to all students including a process based on Response to Intervention. The implementation of Response to Intervention has the potential to have a positive impact on the ability of school districts to meet the needs of all struggling students. At any time, a parent is entitled to request an evaluation for special education services. Within a reasonable amount of time, the district must decide if the evaluation is needed. If evaluation is needed, the parent will be notified and asked to provide informed written consent for the evaluation. The district must complete the evaluation and the report within 60 calendar days of the date the district receives the written consent. The district must give a copy of the report to the parent.

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If the district determines that the evaluation is not needed, the district will provide the parent with a written notice that explains why the child will not be evaluated. This written notice will include a statement that informs the parent of his or her rights if the parent disagrees with the district. Additionally, the notice must inform the parent how to obtain a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards—Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities. The designated person to contact regarding options for a child experiencing learning difficulties or

a referral for evaluation for special education is Connie Mangin at 677-1444.

If a student is receiving special education services at a campus outside his or her attendance zone, the parent or guardian may request that any other student residing in the household be transferred to the same campus, if the appropriate grade level for the transferring student is offered on that campus. [See policy FDB (LOCAL).] Student Records Both federal and state laws safeguard student records from unauthorized inspection or use and provide parents certain rights of privacy. Before disclosing any personally identifiable information from a student’s records, the district must verify the identity of the person, including a parent requesting the information. Virtually all information pertaining to student performance, including grades,

test results, and disciplinary records, is considered confidential educational records. Release is restricted to:

The parents—whether married, separated, or divorced—unless the school is given a copy of a court order terminating parental rights or the right to access a student’s education records.

District school officials who have what federal law refers to as a “legitimate educational interest” in a student’s records. School officials would include trustees and employees, such as the superintendent, administrators, and principals; teachers, counselors, instructional coordinators, diagnosticians, and support staff; a person or company with whom the district has contracted or allowed to provide a particular service or function (such as an attorney, consultant, auditor, medical consultant, therapist, or volunteer); a parent or student serving on a school committee; or a parent or student assisting a school official in the performance of his or her duties. “Legitimate educational interest” in a student’s records includes working with the student; considering disciplinary or academic actions, the student’s case, or an individualized education program for a student with disabilities; compiling statistical data; reviewing an educational record to fulfill the official’s professional responsibility; or investigating or evaluating programs.

Various governmental agencies.

Individuals granted access in response to a subpoena or court order.

Release to any other person or agency will occur only with parental permission as appropriate. The principal or superintendent is custodian of all records for currently enrolled students at the assigned school. The principal or superintendent is the custodian of all records for students who have withdrawn. Records may be inspected by a parent during regular school hours. If circumstances prevent inspection during regular school hours, the district will either provide a copy of the records requested or make other arrangements for the parent or student to review these records. The records custodian or designee will respond to reasonable requests for explanation and interpretation of the records. The address of the principal’s office is: 2341 Greenbriar Abilene, Texas 79605. A parent may inspect the student’s records and request a correction if the records are considered inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights. A request to correct a student’s record should be submitted to the principal or superintendent. The request must clearly identify the part of the record that should be corrected and include an explanation of how the information in the record is inaccurate. If the district denies the request to amend the

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records, the parent has the right to request a hearing. If the records are not amended as a result of the hearing, the parent has 30 school days to exercise the right to place a statement commenting on the information in the student’s record. Although improperly recorded grades may be challenged, contesting a student’s grade in a course is handled through the general complaint process found in policy FNG (LOCAL). [See Report Cards/Progress Reports and Conferences on page 23 and Student or Parent Complaints and Concerns on page 10 for an overview of the process. The district’s policy regarding student records found at FL (LOCAL) is available from the principal’s or superintendent’s office or on the district’s website at www.abileneisd.org. The parent’s right of access to and copies of student records do not extend to all records. Materials that are not considered educational records – such as teacher’s personal notes about a student that are shared only with a substitute teacher – do not have to be made available to the parents. Directory Information The law permits the district to designate certain personal information about students as “directory information.” This “directory information” will be released to anyone who follows procedures for requesting it. However, release of a student’s directory information may be prevented by the parent. This objection must be made in writing to the principal within ten school days of your child’s first day of instruction for this school year. Directory Information for School-Sponsored Purposes The district often needs to use student information for the following school-sponsored purposes: The Austin Yearbook, District Publications For these specific school-sponsored purposes, the district would like to use your child’s photograph, grade level, and name. This information will not used for other purposes without the consent of the parent except as described above in Directory Information. Unless you object to the use of your child’s information for these limited purposes, the school will not need to ask your permission each time the district wishes to use this information for the school-sponsored purpose listed above. (See page 31 of the Austin Student Handbook)

SECTION II

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS

Topics in this section of the handbook contain important information on academics, school activities, and school operations and requirements. Take a moment with your child to become familiar with the various issues addressed in this section. It is conveniently organized in alphabetical order to serve as a quick-reference when you or your child has a question about a specific school-related issue. If you be unable to find information on a particular topic, please contact the office at 690-3920.

ARRIVING AT SCHOOL For safety reasons, parents may not enter the building before 7:50 except for a scheduled conference, to eat breakfast, to see the nurse, or to go to the main office. All students arriving at school before 7:50 will go directly to the cafeteria. School personnel will supervise them in the cafeteria. In order to ensure a calm start to the school day this is a quiet time with no talking. Students who wait in the cafeteria are encouraged to bring books to read or drawing/writing materials. Students will be dismissed from the cafeteria to their classrooms at 7:50.

Students who arrive between 7:50 and 8:00 may go directly to their classroom.

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The tardy bell rings at 8:00 and morning announcements are at that time. All students should be in their classrooms. Students who are tardy will conference with the teacher.

ABSENCES/ATTENDANCE 690-3920 Regular and prompt school attendance is essential for the student to make the most of his or her education—to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on that of the previous day, and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences. If your child will be absent, please call school. If necessary we will call parents at home or work to verify an absence that has not been called in. When returning to school after an absence, students should bring a doctor’s note or a note signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence. A student absent for more than 3 consecutive days because of personal illness must bring a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s extended absence from school. By state law, a student must be in attendance at least 90% of the days classes are offered. Undocumented, excessive absences (more than 10) will be referred to the Attendance Officer. A court of law may also impose penalties against both the student and his or her parents if a school-aged student is deliberately not attending school. A complaint against the parent may be filed in court if the student:

Is absent from school on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year, or

Is absent on three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period.

A computer generated letter will be mailed home after a designated number of absences. Please call the office if you have any questions. Please notify the office if you move, change jobs, or change telephone numbers. If you move out of the Austin attendance zone, you may call the administration building (677-1444) to request a transfer. Students enrolled in Kindergarten are required to attend school. State law requires attendance in an accelerated reading program when kindergarten, first grade, or second grade students are assigned to such a program. Parents will be notified in writing if their child is assigned to an accelerated reading instruction program as a result of a diagnostic reading test.

AWARDS Awards assemblies are scheduled for grade levels 4-5, the last week of school. Grades K-3 will present awards in the classroom the last week of school.

Perfect Attendance Students in grades K-5 with perfect attendance for the year will receive a certificate. Presidential Award for Educational Excellence The Presidential Academic Award is awarded to 5

th grade students who meet the following

criteria:

A average in each of the core subjects in grades 4 and the first semester of grade 5

Distinguished performance on STAAR tests for 4th and 5

th grades.

Recommendation of a teacher plus one other staff member.

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BREAKFAST Students who will be eating breakfast at school must arrive by 7:45 a.m. in order to have enough time to eat before the 7:50 bell. The doors are closed at 7:45. Students are supervised and seated by school personnel. Breakfast is a quiet time with no talking. Parents eating breakfast with their children should observe the cafeteria rules.

Monthly Calendar Each month your child will bring home a calendar with major events listed. Every Monday, the Abilene Reporter-News prints a list of school activities for the week. Occasionally there are last minute changes! Morning announcements, the marquee, weekly Austin folders, and parent notes home will have the latest information. Please check often! BULLYING Bullying occurs when a student or group of students directs written or verbal expressions or physical conduct against another student and the behavior results in harm to the student or the student’s property, places a student in fear of harm to himself or his property, or is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment. The board has established policies and procedures to prohibit bullying and to respond to reports of bullying. (See FFI (LOCAL) CANCELLATION OF SCHOOL OR DELAYED OPENING If schools in Abilene will be closed because of bad weather, the decision will be made at 5:30 a.m. The District will contact major radio and television stations by 6:00 a.m. If we are having school there will be no announcement. Delayed openings because of bad weather will be at 10:00 a.m. Buses will run 1-½ hours to 2 hours later than the regular schedule. Breakfast will be served. Unless otherwise announced, the school day shall end at the regularly scheduled time. COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS Usually student or parent complaints or concerns can be addressed by a phone call or a conference with the teacher or principal. For those complaints and concerns that cannot be handled so easily, the district has adopted a standard complaint policy at FNG (LOCAL) in the district’s policy manual. A copy of this policy may be obtained in the principal’s or superintendent’s office or on the district’s Web site at: www.abileneisd.org. In general, the student or parent should submit a written complaint and request a conference with the campus principal. If the concern is not resolved, a request for a conference should be sent to the superintendent. If still unresolved, the district provides for the complaint to be presented to the board of trustees. COMPUTER RESOURCES To prepare students for an increasingly computerized society, the district has made a substantial investment in computer technology for instructional purposes. Use of these resources is restricted to students working under a teacher’s supervision and for approved purposes only. Students and parents will be asked to sign a user agreement (forms in front of this handbook) regarding use of these resources; violations of this agreement may result in withdrawal of privileges and other disciplinary action. Students and parents should be aware that any e-mail using a district computer is not private and may be monitored by district staff. (For additional information, see policy CQ.)

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CONDUCT- Applicability of School Rules As required by law, the board has adopted a Student Code of Conduct that prohibits certain behaviors and defines standards of acceptable behavior—both on and off campus—and consequences for violation of these standards. The district has disciplinary authority over a student in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Students and parents should be familiar with the standards set out in the Student Code of Conduct, as well as campus and classroom rules. A copy of the Student Code of Conduct may be requested from the school secretary. All children should have the opportunity to achieve their fullest personal and academic potential in a safe, caring environment. For this reason, Austin Elementary has adopted a school-wide set of conduct rules to help create a positive learning environment for your children. The conduct rules are as follows: Code of Conduct/School Rules The faculty and staff at Austin Elementary support the idea that school should provide a safe and orderly environment for everyone. It is a commitment that requires everyone – school personnel, students, and parents to assume his or her share of the responsibility toward the attainment of this goal. To do otherwise would be a disservice to our students. In order to provide the best learning environment for our students and to ensure their safety, there are three school-wide rules at Austin:

1. Students may not interfere with the learning or safety of others or themselves.

2. Students must be respectful of adults and other students in school.

3. Students must be respectful of personal and school property. These rules are the same whether a student is in the hallway, in music, in P.E., on the playground, anywhere on school grounds, or at a school sponsored event. Teachers and administrators have full authority over student conduct at before and after school activities. Students are subject to the same rules of conduct that apply during the instructional day and will be subject to consequences established by the Student Code of Conduct. Each classroom has specific rules posted. In addition school wide rules are posted in appropriate areas throughout the building. All school personnel have responsibility for all Austin students. A student’s behavior should conform to acceptable standards of conduct as established by the principal and teachers. Positive behavior is essential for effective learning. Student behavior that disrupts the learning process or infringes on the rights of others will not be tolerated. It is important that students take responsibility for their actions and realize their own attitudes and actions are directly related to their school experience and that of their classmates. With the support and assistance of school personnel and parents/guardians, all students have the capacity to choose behaviors that enhance their relationships and facilitate learning. The ultimate goal of discipline is self-discipline. Austin Elementary will provide a positive learning environment for students. In order to help students become self-motivated, self-disciplined, and life-long learners, school personnel are encouraged to respond to student success with positive reinforcement.

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When students are engaged in inappropriate behaviors, it is the responsibility of the teacher and the principal to work with the student to correct the behavior. Students shall be treated equitably and fairly. Discipline shall be based on the seriousness of the offense and frequency of misconduct. There will be immediate and consistent intervention of any behavior that impedes orderly classroom procedures or interferes with the orderly operation of school. Austin Elementary follows the District-Wide Discipline Plan. On the Discipline Plan, if a student is referred to the principal, parents/guardians will be notified with a Discipline Report and/or a telephone call. The Discipline Report must be signed and sent back the next school day. Failure to bring back a Discipline Report could result in assignment to In School Suspension. Students are responsible for discussing misbehaviors with parents/guardians at home so that we can work together to correct inappropriate behaviors. Conduct Before and After School Teachers and administrators have full authority over student conduct at before or after school activities on district premises and at school-sponsored events off district premises, such as play rehearsals, club meetings, and special study groups or tutorials. Students are subject to the same rules of conduct that apply during the instructional day and will be subject to consequences established by the Student Code of Conduct or any stricter standards of behavior established by the sponsor for extracurricular participants. Corporal Punishment Corporal punishment—spanking or paddling the student—may be used as a discipline management technique in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and policy FO (LOCAL) in the district’s policy manual. Disruptions As identified by law, disruptions include the following:

Interference with the movement of people at an exit, entrance, or hallway of a district building without authorization from an administrator.

Interference with an authorized activity by seizing control of all or part of a building.

Use of force, violence, or threats in an attempt to prevent participation in an authorized assembly.

Use of force, violence, or threats to cause disruption during an assembly.

Interference with the movement of people at an exit or an entrance to district property.

Use of force, violence, or threats in an attempt to prevent people from entering or leaving district property without authorization from an administrator.

Disruption of classes or other school activities while on district property or on public property that is within 500 feet of district property. Class disruption includes making loud noises; trying to entice a student away from, or to prevent a student from attending, a required class or activity; and entering a classroom without authorization and disrupting the activity with loud or profane language or any misconduct.

Interference with the transportation of students in vehicles owned or operated by the district.

Physical Restraint Any district employee may, within the scope of the employee’s duties, use and apply physical restraint to a student that the employee reasonably believes is necessary in order to: protect a person from injury, obtain possession of a weapon or dangerous object, protect property from serious damage, restrain an irrational student, remove a student from a specific location in order to restore order or to impose disciplinary measures.

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Cell Phones/Telecommunication Devices For safety purposes, the district permits students to possess cell phones if it is turned off and out of sight. Students shall not use a cell phone or other telecommunication device with phone, IM, and/or text messaging, or other capabilities during the instructional day including field trips. A student who uses a telecommunications device during the school day shall have the device confiscated and returned only to the student’s parent or legal guardian. Beginning with the second offense, the parent or guardian will be charged a $15 cash fee. Any disciplinary action for the student will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The district will not be responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen telecommunication devices. Other Electronic Devices Students are not permitted to possess such items as radios, CD players, MP3 players, video or audio tape recorders, cameras, DVD players, games or other electronic devices at school unless prior permission has been obtained from the principal. Without such permission, teachers will collect the items and turn them in to the principal’s office. Only a parent or legal guardian may pick up the confiscated item. The district will not be responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen electronic devices.

Counselor 690-3920 Ext. 8648

Our counselor is available to answer questions about testing, school programs, and special needs of students. During the year, she conducts classroom guidance lessons and is available to listen to and visit with individual students or small groups. She is also our Campus Test Coordinator for the state assessments.

DISMISSAL All grade levels are dismissed at 3:00. For the safety of our students parents should wait outside for student dismissal. Students will be dismissed by their teacher. Monitors are on duty after school at all pick-up points. Some Austin students are eligible to ride the school bus. In order to ease traffic and ensure a safe dismissal, Austin has developed a Safety Plan.

Austin Elementary Safety Plan for 3:00 Dismissal

2013-2014 Students must go straight to their ride, ride their bike, or walk home. Students are not allowed to play on campus after school. Students are not allowed to re-enter the building after dismissal. Any changes regarding how a child is to get home should be discussed with your child/children before school, or called in to the office (690-3920) so that we may give a message to the student/students. Please call changes in early to ensure that we have enough time to get the message to the child.

All Kindergarten and 1st grade students will exit Austin to the front sidewalk. Kindergarten and 1st Grade teachers will stay with their students until they are on the bus, picked up by a daycare, or picked up by a parent or designee.

All 2nd

and 3rd grade students will be picked up on GREENBRIAR. Please do not park in the crosswalk, teacher parking lot, or directly behind the cafeteria. It is best to park against the curb and head clockwise around the campus. This prevents students from crossing the street and avoiding traffic.

Drop off and pick up for 4th and 5

th grade students is on S. 23

rd where students will

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cross the track. Parking curbside in a clockwise direction is preferred to avoid students crossing the street. In case of rain or muddy conditions, please pick up in the front of the school.

All bus riders will be escorted to the bus stop.

Alliance After School Care students will go straight to the cafeteria.

Students that are not picked up by 3:15 will be brought to the office. No student will be allowed to wait anywhere else after 3:15 and must be picked up from the office. Students may see Mrs. Lorenz to call and check on their ride after 3:15.

Late pickup should be rare. Teachers are most often involved in team meetings and planning. It’s a good idea to call and let us know if you will be late (690-3920).

DRESS AND GROOMING 2013-2014 Abilene ISD Dress Code

The District’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and

minimize safety hazards.

A student’s dress and grooming should be clean, neat and in good taste at all times. A student’s

appearance shall not create a distraction from nor interfere with the normal orderly process of the

instructional program or of the management of any school program.

The following specific guidelines must be adhered to in the matter of dress in all schools:

1. Appropriate and modest attire is required. Some examples of items not to wear include but are

not limited to: off-the-shoulder apparel, tank tops, spaghetti straps, muscle shirts, mesh tops,

halter tops, see-through clothing, exposed midriff or backs, bicycle shorts, sunshades in the buildings.

2. All apparel, accessories and visible body markings must be free of references to race, alcohol

products, tobacco products, drugs, sex, vulgarity, profanity, death, suicide or violence, either

explicitly or by innuendo. Body markings on any part of the body must be reasonably covered in

an unobtrusive manner if they are gang related or violate any provision of the dress code.

3. Clothing must be appropriately sized and worn at the waistline. No shorts, skirts, or dresses

may be shorter than five inches above the top of the knee or higher than the extended fingertips,

whichever is more modest. Clothing that is altered, slit, or frayed and exposes skin that otherwise

would not be permitted, is not allowed. Leggings/tights are not allowed unless covered by an

outer garment that is no shorter than five inches above the top of the knee or higher than the extended fingertips, whichever is more modest.

4. Clothing must adequately cover the student’s body so as not to consistently expose any portion

of underwear, cleavage, midriff or buttocks when standing or sitting with normal posture. Outer garments must cover undergarments (athletic shorts, pajamas etc.) at waist level.

5. Shoes appropriate for school must be worn at all times. See campus handbook as applicable.

No house shoes. No shoes with wheels.

6. Hats, caps, hoods or any other head coverings are not to be worn in the building.

7. Hair should be clean and appropriately groomed and cut or styled in such a way that it does not

cover the eyes. Students will not be allowed to spray paint or dye their hair green, blue, purple,

pink, or other unnatural tints. The District also prohibits hairstyles and treatments that are

unconventional, gang related and/or create a potential disturbance/distraction. Designs in hair and

mohawks are prohibited for elementary and middle school students. See campus handbook for high school.

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8. Visible body piercing or clipping jewelry is limited to the ears in elementary and middle

school. In high school, facial piercings should be limited to clear or small studs. Body piercings

should remain concealed at all times.

9. Any apparel, accessory or visible body marking that denotes gang-related association is

prohibited (i.e. rags, bandannas, chains, spiked or studded items, or other physical alterations as

identified by local law enforcement).

Prior to being disciplined for a violation of the District’s dress code, the student will be warned

that his/her dress is unacceptable and given an opportunity to make necessary changes. If

appropriate corrections are not made in the student’s appearance, the student shall be subject to

discipline (such as ISS) after being afforded appropriate due process. Repeated offenses may

result in additional disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

Judgments as to what is neat, clean, modest, immodest, appropriate, or inappropriate will be made

by the principal and the decision of the building principal in these matters is final.

GRADING GUIDELINES

In grades K-5 achievement is reported to parents according to the:

ABILENE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT GRADING POLICY

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

CURRICULUM MASTERY

Promotion and course credit shall be based on mastery of the curriculum. [EIE (LOCAL)] Assignments, tests, projects, classroom activities, and other instructional activities shall be designed so that the student’s performance indicates the level of mastery of the designated District objectives. The student’s mastery level shall be a major factor in determining the grade for a subject or course. [EIA (LOCAL)] Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for individual subjects or grade levels were adopted by the SBOE. (TEC 74.1)

STANDARDS OF MASTERY

Mastery shall be determined as follows: 1. Course assignments and unit evaluations shall be given to determine student grades in a

subject. An average of 70 or higher shall be considered a passing grade. [EIE (LOCAL)]

2. Mastery of the skills (TEKS) necessary for success at the next level shall be validated by assessments that may either be incorporated into unit of final exams, or may be administered separately. Master of at least 70 percent of the objectives shall be required. [EIE(LOCAL)]

All grades should be based on mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Grades reflect mastery of course TEKS that teachers have taught. [For example: Accelerated Reader is an independent reading program not based on TEKS and not for direct instruction. It should be used as a reward program, not for grades.]

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Noncompliance with established classroom procedures shall be reflected in a student’s ‘work habits’ grades. (For example: Improper or incomplete headings should not result in grade penalties or point deductions. This is a ‘work habits or failure to follow directions’ issue, not an academic issue.)

STUDENT SUCCESS INITIATIVE

In addition to local standards for mastery and promotion, students in grades 5 and 8 must meet the passing standard established by the State Board on an applicable assessment instrument in the subjects required under state law in order to be promoted to the next grade. [EIE (LOCAL)]

ATTENDANCE

Unless credit is awarded by the attendance committee or regained in accordance with District policy, a student may not be given credit for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. [See FDD (LEGAL)]

GUIDELINES FOR GRADING The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that each campus or instructional level develops guidelines for teachers to follow in determining grades for students. These guidelines shall ensure that grading reflects student achievement and that a sufficient number of grades are taken to support the average grade assigned. Guidelines for grading shall be clearly communicated to students and parents. [EIA (LOCAL)]

DATABASE FOR GRADES

Grades recorded in Front Runner shall serve as the official basis for determining grades for each of the three six-week reporting periods of the two semester reporting periods. A minimum of one grade per week for each six-week reporting period shall be recorded in Front Runner. The teacher shall provide appropriate documentation as required by the administration for grades recorded. Grades recorded in Front Runner and appropriate documentation shall be used in conferring with students and parents. If a teacher records a grade lower than 50 on the report card, documentation of parent contacts and interventions provided for a student must be available.

COMPUTING AVERAGES FOR SIX-WEEK GRADES Elementary School

Six-week grades shall be determined by averaging grades in each subject area. Classwork, assessments, projects, etc., carry equal weight at the elementary level. [EIA (LOCAL)] Clarification: All grades (daily work, tests, projects, etc.) carry equal weight at the elementary level.

GRADE COMPUTATION FOR STUDENTS WHO WITHDRAW

Semester grades for students enrolled for fewer than 15 days shall be computed by accepting the withdrawal grade(s) from the school that the student last attended, with the option of increasing, but not decreasing, the grade if the teacher determines that the student has made progress. If a student is enrolled 15 days or more, the withdrawal grade shall be averaged with those grades accumulated in the District to determine the final grade averages.

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WRITTEN NOTICE TO PARENTS

Teachers shall send out written notice to parents every sixth week of a student’s performance in each class or subject. [EIA (LOCAL)] Exception: kindergarten and first grade for first six weeks grading period as detailed under Grade Reports to Parents Kindergarten: Achievement in kindergarten shall be reported with ratings that indicate that the student is meeting expectations, progressing, or experiencing difficulties as well as mastery or non-mastery of the items on the report card. Grade 1: Achievement for students in grade 1 shall be reported to parents as numerical grades for reading, mathematics, language (English) and spelling. E, S, L and U shall be used for reporting pupil progress in all other areas. Grades 2 - 5: Achievement for students in grades 2 - 5 shall be reported to parents as numerical grades for reading, mathematics, language (English), spelling, social studies and science. E, S, L and U shall be used for reporting pupil progress in all other areas.

GRADE REPORTS TO PARENTS

1. Kindergarten and first grade – No written report for the first six weeks grading period. Conferences will be held with parents the first six weeks. Written grades or records of mastery should be kept for each six weeks period. All conferences are to be documented.

2. The report card shall be taken home by the kindergarten student signed by the parent(s)

or guardian, and returned to the school beginning with the second six-week grading period.

3. Grades 1 – A computer generated grade report will be mailed to the home of each

student at the end of each six-weeks grading period beginning with the second six-week grading period.

4. Grades 2 through 5 - A computer generated grade report will be mailed to the home of

each student at the conclusion of each six-week grading period.

THREE WEEK REPORTS The District will continue the distribution of progress reports. These are to be sent home to the parents of students who are borderline passing (70-74) and/or failing (below 70). These are to be sent by the Wednesday following the first three weeks of each six weeks grading period. (Abilene ISD Administration Policy)

MAKE-UP WORK

Students shall make up assignments and tests after absences. Students shall receive a zero for any assignment or test not made up within the allotted time. [EIAB (LOCAL)]

The District shall not impose a grade penalty for make-up work after an absence due to

suspension. [EIAB (LOCAL)] 1. Elementary school grading policies will address:

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Time allowed to make up work after an absence Students shall have at least two days to make up for one day absent. (Simmons

Associates Discipline Plan)

Points to be deducted for late work An assignment is considered late if it is turned in after the due date. Late assignments will receive a maximum grade of 70 and will be accepted up to three (3) days late. After three (3) days, the maximum grade for late work turned in is 50. Extenuating circumstances shall be addressed by each individual teacher.

Clarification: A student turns in an assignment late and scores an 80; the grade to be recorded is a 70. If the student makes a 60, then a 60 is recorded.

Policy for retaking or redoing failed assignments/tests Students who fail classwork or assignments will be given an opportunity to redo the work. Long term projects such as research papers are exempt from this requirement. The student will have five (5) school days after receiving the failing grade to complete the retake of the assignment or test. Extenuating circumstances shall be addressed by each individual teacher. Clarification: If a student makes 50 on an assignment or test and is re-assessed and makes an 80, the student will receive a 70. If a student fails the reassessment, the student will receive the higher of the two grades made. NOTE: A student may be given a replacement assignment/test when retaking or redoing failed assignments/tests at the discretion of the individual teacher.

PROMOTIONS

A student may be promoted only on the basis of academic achievement or demonstrated proficiency of the subject matter of the course or grade level. [TEC 28.021 (a)] An award of credit for a course affirms that a student has satisfactorily met all state and local requirements. Course credit shall be awarded according to this policy. [19TAC 74.26(a)] A course may be considered completed and credit may be awarded if the student has demonstrated achievement by meeting standard requirements of the course, including demonstrated proficiency in the subject matter, regardless of the time the student has received instruction in the course or the grade level at which proficiency is attained. [19 TAC 74.26]

Grade 1

In grade 1, promotion to the next grade level shall be based on an overall average of 70 on a scale of 100 based upon course level, grade-level standards (TEKS) for all subject areas and a grade of 70 or above in each of the following areas: language arts composite (reading, English/language, spelling) and mathematics. The language arts composite is calculated as follows: Reading = 50% English/Language = 25% Spelling = 25%

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In grades 2 – 5, promotion to the next grade level shall be based on an overall average of 70 on a scale of 100 based upon course level, grade-level standards (TEKS) for all subject areas and a grade of 70 or above in each of the following areas: language arts composite, (reading, English/language, spelling), mathematics, science and social studies. The language arts composite is calculated as follows: Reading = 50%

English/Language =25% Spelling = 25%

PROMOTION AND RETENTION A student will be promoted only on the basis of academic achievement or demonstrated proficiency in the grade level. Students must have a yearly average of 70 in each core subject to be promoted to the next grade. (See Abilene Independent School District Grading Policy on page 15 for local promotion policy.) In addition, at certain grade levels a student—with limited exceptions—will be required to pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™), if the student is enrolled in a public Texas school on any day between January 1 and April 15 and is a Texas resident during the week that the STAAR is administered the first time.

In order to be promoted to grade 6, students enrolled in grade 5 must have performed satisfactorily on the Mathematics, Science and Reading sections of the grade 5 assessments in English or Spanish.

Parents of students in grade 5 who do not perform satisfactorily on their assessments will be notified that their child will participate in special instructional programs designed to improve performance. These students will also have two additional opportunities to take the test. If the student fails a second time, a grade placement committee, consisting of the principal or designee, the teacher, and the student’s parent, will determine the additional special instruction the student will receive. Parents may sign a waiver for the third administration and the student will be retained or students may attend summer school and take the test a third time. Students may also take the test a third time without attending summer school. After a third failed attempt, the student will be retained; however, the parent can appeal this decision to the committee. In order for the student to be promoted, based on standards previously established by the District, the decision of the committee must be unanimous. Whether the student is retained or promoted, an educational plan for the student will be designed to enable the student to perform at grade level by the end of the next school year. (See policy EIE.) Certain students—some with disabilities and some with limited English proficiency—may be eligible for exemptions, accommodations, or deferred testing. For more information, see the principal, instructional coordinator, counselor, or special education director.

Students with Disabilities

Promotion standards and appropriate acceleration options, as established by the individual education program (IEP), or grade-level classification of students eligible for special education shall be determined by the ARD committee. [EIE (LOCAL)] Also, the ARD committee shall determine the type of assessment to be administered and how the scores shall be used for final courses grades. [EIA (LOCAL)]

Dyslexic

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In measuring the academic achievement of a student who is dyslexic, the student’s potential for achievement or proficiency in the area must be considered. [TEC 28.021 (b) [See policies EIE (LEGAL) and EHB, EKB, and FB] Limited English- In assessing students of limited English proficiency for mastery of the TEKS, the District shall be flexible in determining methods to allow the students to demonstrate knowledge or competency independent of their English skills in the following ways: assessment in the primary language, assessment using ESL methodologies, Assessment with multiple varied instruments [See EHBE]. HARASSMENT/ DISCRIMINATION/ RETALIATION The district believes that all students learn best in an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and that their welfare is best served when they are free from this prohibited conduct while attending school. Students are expected to treat other students and district employees with courtesy and respect; to avoid any behaviors known to be offensive; and to stop those behaviors when asked or told to stop. District employees are expected to treat students with courtesy and respect.

Discrimination is defined as any conduct directed at a student on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability or any other basis prohibited by law that negatively affects the student.

Harassment, in general terms, is conduct so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it affects the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity; creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment; or substantially interferes with the student’s academic performance. Retaliation of a student might occur when a student receives threats from another student or an employee. Retaliation does not include petty slights and annoyances from other students or negative comments from a teacher that are justified by the student’s poor academic performance in the classroom. Retaliation against a person who makes a good faith report of harassment or discrimination is prohibited. Any student who believes that he or she has experienced prohibited harassment should immediately report the problem to a teacher, counselor, and principal or other district employee. The report may be made by the student’s parent. A copy of the district’s policy is available in the principal’s office and in the superintendent’s office or on the district’s website www.abileneisd.org.

HEALTH-RELATED MATTERS

Physical Activity for Students in Elementary and Middle School In accordance with policies at EHAB, EHAC, [and FFA], the district will ensure that students in elementary school engage in at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day or 135 minutes per week. To ensure safety students should bring athletic shoes for PE class. Annually the district will conduct a physical fitness assessment of students in grades 3-12. SCHOOL NURSE/Austin CLINIC 690-3920 Ext. 7310

We have a registered nurse at Austin. Her office is equipped to handle routine medical needs. In the event of a more serious illness or injury, parents will be notified immediately. It is vital that we have the latest information on student’s Emergency Cards! If you move, change your telephone number, or change jobs, we need to know so that we can reach you with the shortest possible delay.

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IMMUNIZATION

A student must be fully immunized against certain diseases or must present a certificate or statement that, for medical reasons or reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, the student will not be immunized. For exemptions based on reasons of conscience, only official forms issued by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Immunization Division, can be honored by the district. This form may be obtained by writing the DSHS Immunization Branch (MC 1946), P.O. Box 149347, Austin, Texas 78714-9347; or online at https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/affidavit.shtm. This form must be notarizes and submitted to the principal or school nurse within 90 days of notarization. A separate form must be used for each student. The immunizations required are: diphtheria, rubella (measles), rubella, mumps, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis (polio), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox). The school nurse can provide information on age-appropriate doses or on an acceptable physician-validated history of illness required by the Department of State Health Services. Proof of immunization may be personal records from a licensed physician or public health clinic with a signature or rubber-stamp validation. If a student should not be immunized for medical reasons, the student or parent must present a certificate signed by a U.S. licensed physician stating that, in the doctor's opinion, the immunization required poses a significant risk to the health and well-being of the student or any member of the student's family or household. This certificate must be renewed yearly unless the physician specifies a life-long condition. [For further information, see policy FFAB and the Department of State Health Services Web site: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school/default.shtm]

CONTAGIOUS DISEASES / CONDITIONS

To protect other students from contagious illnesses, students infected with certain diseases are not allowed to come to school while contagious. If a parent suspects that his or her child has a communicable or contagious disease, the parent should contact the school nurse or principal so that other students who might have been exposed to the disease can be alerted. The school nurse or the principal’s office can provide information from the Department of State Health Services regarding these diseases.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT AND INFORMATION If a student has a medical emergency at school or a school-related activity when the parent cannot be reached, the school will need to have written parental consent to obtain emergency medical treatment and information about allergies to medications, foods, insect bites, etc. Therefore, parents are asked each year to complete an emergency care consent form. Parents should keep emergency care information up-to-date (name of doctor, emergency phone numbers, allergies, etc.). Please contact the school nurse at 690-3920 ext. 7573 to update any information that the nurse or teacher needs to know.

MEDICINE AT SCHOOL

District employees will not give a student prescription medication, nonprescription medication, herbal substances, anabolic steroids, or dietary supplements, with the following exceptions: Only authorized employees, in accordance with policies at FFAC, may administer:

Prescription medication, in the original, properly labeled container, provided by the parent, along with a written request.

Prescription medication from a properly labeled unit dosage container filled by a registered nurse or another qualified district employee from the original, properly labeled container.

Nonprescription medication, in the original, properly labeled container, provided by the parent along with a written request.

Herbal or dietary supplements provided by the parent only if required by the student’s individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan for a student with disabilities.

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In certain emergency situations, the district will maintain and administer to a student nonprescription medication, but only:

In accordance with the guidelines developed with the district’s medical advisor; and

When the parent has previously provided written consent to emergency treatment on the district’s form.

A student with asthma or severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) may be permitted to possess and use prescribed asthma or anaphylaxis medication at school or school-related events only if he or she has written authorization from his or her parent and a physician or other licensed health-care provider. The student must also demonstrate to his or her physician or health-care provider and to the school nurse the ability to use the prescribed medication, including any device required to administer the medication. If the student has been prescribed asthma or anaphylaxis medication for use during the school day, the student and parents should discuss this with the school nurse or principal. In accordance with a student’s individual health plan for management of diabetes, a student with diabetes will be permitted to possess and use monitoring and treatment supplies and equipment while at school or at a school-related activity. See the school nurse or principal for information. [See policy FFAF (LEGAL).] PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS Teachers and other District employees may discuss a student’s academic progress or behavior with the student’s parents or another employee as appropriate. However, they will not recommend use of a psychotropic drug. In addition, a District employee who is a registered nurse, an advanced nurse practitioner, a physician, or a certified or credentialed mental health professional can recommend that a student be evaluated by the appropriate medical practitioner, if appropriate. (For further information, see policies at FFAC.) If you would like a complete copy of the Austin Health Services Policy, you may ask the nurse at school. Also, see the Student Code of Conduct for information about over the counter products.

Other Health-Related Matters

TOBACCO PROHIBITED

The district and its staff strictly enforce prohibitions against the use of tobacco products by students and others on school property and at school-sponsored and school-related activities. (See the Student Code of Conduct and policy GKA.)

ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT PLAN

The district’s Asbestos Management Plan, designed to be in compliance with state and federal regulations, and is available in the maintenance office.

PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN

The district applies only pest control products that comply with state and federal guidelines. Except in an emergency, signs will be posted 48 hours before application. Parents who want to be notified prior to pesticide application inside their child’s school assignment area may contact the principal.

HOMELESS STUDENTS

For more information on services for homeless students, contact the district’s Liaison for Homeless Children and Youths, Mike Murphy, at 677-1444. Ext. 5906

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HOMEWORK When homework is assigned it is due the next morning. In case of an absence, the assignment is due the first morning the child returns to school. Some homework assignments such as studying for a test may be assigned at the beginning of the week for a test at the end of the week. Grade levels may have specific homework requirements.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

Questioning of Students When law enforcement officers or other lawful authorities wish to question or interview a student at school, the principal will cooperate fully regarding the conditions of the interview, if the questioning or interview is part of a child abuse investigation. In other circumstances: The principal will verify and record the identity of the officer or other authority and ask for an explanation of the need to question or interview the student at school.

The principal ordinarily will make reasonable efforts to notify the parents unless the interviewer raises what the principal considers to be a valid objection.

The principal ordinarily will be present unless the interviewer raises what the principal considers to be a valid objection.

Students Taken Into Custody Before a student is released to a law enforcement officer or other legally authorized person, the principal will verify the officer’s identity and, to the best of his or her ability, will verify the official’s authority to take custody of the student. The principal will immediately notify Student Services and will ordinarily attempt to notify the parent unless the officer or other authorized person raises what the principal considers to be a valid objection to notifying the parents. Because the principal does not have the authority to prevent or delay a student’s release to a law enforcement officer, any notification will most likely be after the fact. Notification of Law Violations The district is required by state law to notify: All instructional and support personnel who have responsibility for supervising a student who has been arrested or referred to the juvenile court for any felony offense or for certain misdemeanors.

All instructional and support personnel who have regular contact with a student who has been convicted, received deferred prosecution, received deferred adjudication, or was adjudicated for delinquent conduct for any felony offense or certain misdemeanors.

[For further information, see policy GRA (LEGAL).]

PARTIES The official classroom party for the year will be a Christmas party. Homeroom moms and VIPS will plan these parties with the teachers. The parties should be on the same day within each grade level and be coordinated so that each class in the grade level has an equitable party. Parents may be asked for a small donation to cover the cost of the party. Invitations to personal student parties away from school can only be handed out at school if every child in the class receives one.

It is against AISD policy to send flowers or balloons to students at school.

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PETS Pets should be left at home unless there is an occasion that is instructional and approved by the teacher.

PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE AND A MINUTE OF SILENCE

Each school day, students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas flag. Parents may submit a written request to the principal to excuse their child from reciting a pledge. One minute of silence will follow recitation of the pledges. Each student may choose to reflect, pray, meditate, or engage in any other silent activity during that minute so long as the silent activity does not interfere with or distract others. [See policy EC (LEGAL) for more information.] RELEASE OF STUDENTS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY Because class time is important, doctor’s appointments should be scheduled, if possible, at times when the student will not miss instructional time. Please follow the campus sign-out procedures before leaving the campus with a student. Otherwise, a student will not be released from school at times other than at the end of the school day. Unless the principal or superintendent has granted approval because of extenuating circumstances, a student will not regularly be released before the end of the instructional day. If a student becomes ill during the school day, the student should receive permission from the teacher before reporting to the school nurse. The nurse will decide whether or not the student should be sent home and will notify the student’s parent.

Return of Students During the School Day A student returning to campus before the school day is over must come by the office before returning to class.

SAFETY Every precaution is taken to insure the safety of your child during school hours. To make certain that students learn proper procedures and adhere to all safety guidelines:

Fire drills are practiced monthly

Tornado drills are practiced periodically and especially in the spring

Code Red (lock-down) drills are practiced When the alarm is sounded, students should follow the direction of teachers or others in charge quickly, quietly, and in an orderly manner. In an actual emergency, you may receive a telephone call from the Alert-Now system. Accident Prevention Student safety on campus and at school-related events is a high priority at Austin. Although we have implemented safety procedures, the cooperation of students is essential to ensure school safety. A student should: Avoid conduct that is likely to put the student or other students at risk.

Follow the behavioral standards in this handbook and the AISD Student Code of Conduct, as well as any additional rules for behavior and safety set by the principal, teachers, or bus drivers.

Remain alert to and promptly report to a teacher or the principal safety hazards, such as intruders on campus and threats made by any person toward a student or staff member.

Know emergency evacuation routes and signals.

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Follow immediately the instructions of teachers, bus drivers, and other district employees who are overseeing the welfare of students.

Accident Insurance Soon after the school year begins, parents will have the opportunity to purchase low-cost accident insurance that will help in meeting medical expenses, in the event of injury to their child. Sales/Advertisements/Handouts Publications prepared by and for the school may be posted or distributed, with prior approval by the principal, sponsor, or teacher. Such items may include school posters, brochures, murals, etc. The school yearbook is sponsored by the PTO and is available to students. All school publications are under the supervision of a teacher, sponsor, and the principal. Unless a student or parent obtains specific prior approval from the principal or the District, written materials, handbills, photographs, pictures, petitions, films, tapes, posters, or other visual or auditory materials may not be posted, sold, circulated, or distributed on any school campus. Students may not sell anything at school unless it is a school sponsored activity or approved by the principal.

SCHOOL FACILITIES

Use By Students Before and After School Certain areas of the school will be accessible to students before and after school for specific purposes. Students are required to remain in the area where their activity is scheduled to take place. The cafeteria is open to students before school, beginning at 7:15 a.m.

Unless the teacher or sponsor overseeing the activity gives permission, a student will not be permitted to go to another area of the building or campus. After dismissal of school in the afternoon, and unless involved in an activity under the supervision of a teacher, students must leave campus immediately. Alliance After-School Care students will go straight to the cafeteria. Library The library is a learning laboratory with books, computers, magazines, and other materials available for classroom assignments, projects, and reading pleasure. The library is open for independent student use with a teacher permit. Cafeteria Services The district participates in the National School Lunch Program and offers students nutritionally balanced lunches daily. Free and reduced-price lunches are available based on financial need. Information about a student’s participation is confidential. Every family in AISD is sent a form to apply for free or reduced meal prices.

Your child will bring home a breakfast and lunch menu every month.

Meal tickets are available. Meal tickets can be bought for the week, month, semester, or in any dollar amount.

There is a three meal limit on the amount that may be charged. If a child is over the charge limit, the register will not accept the charge and the student will be served a sandwich and milk. The cafeteria manager makes every effort to warn parents ahead of time. Please pay cafeteria charges promptly. Your cooperation with this is very helpful. You are invited and encouraged to come to school and eat breakfast or lunch with your child!

The district follows the federal and state guidelines regarding foods of minimal nutritional value being served or sold on school premises during the school day. [For more information, see policy CO (LEGAL).] Elementary Breakfast $1.10, Elementary Lunch $1.80, Reduced Student Lunch $.40, Reduced Student Breakfast .30, Adult Breakfast $1.60 and Adult Lunch $3.10

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SCHOOL-HOME FOLDERS Every student in grades K-5 will have a take home folder. This folder should be checked on a routine basis. The folder will contain notes to parents, homework, daily work, discipline reports,

SCHOOL PICTURES Every student’s school picture is taken in the fall and spring. Individual pictures in the fall are prepaid. In the spring, individual pictures and class pictures are taken. Class pictures are prepaid. The other spring pictures go home as proofs and you may order packages if you choose to do so.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES Kindergarten

3 Elmer’s School Glue 4 oz each 1 Pair of 5 “ Fiskar Scissors (Blunt Point) 2 Dozen #2 Dixon Oriole Pencils 2 Boxes Crayola 24 Ct Crayons 2 Boxes Crayola 8 Count Crayons 1 Box 12 Ct Crayola Classic Regular Washable Markers 1 Plastic School Box 8.5” X 5.5” X2.5” 1 Towel For Rest Time 1 Backpack (No wheels) 1st Grade

3 Elmer’s School Glue 4 oz. 1 Pair 5” Fiskar sharp scissors 1 Box 24 ct. Crayola crayons 2 Pink Erasers 5 Pocket Folders w/brads -Assort Colors 1 Plastic School Supply Box 2 Dozen Ticonderoga No. 2 pencils 5 Composition (wide ruled) books 1 Box Reclosing Quart sz. Plastic Bags 4 Elmer’s Glue Sticks 2nd Grade

2 Elmer’s School Glue 4 oz. 1 Pair 5” Fiskar sharp scissors 2 Box 24 cnt. Crayola crayons 2 Pink Erasers 1 Plastic Ruler 12” – Standard & Metric 4 Pocket Folders -Assort Colors 1 Plastic School Supply Box 8.5” X 5.5” X2.5” 2 Dozen Ticonderoga No. 2 pencils 5 Composition (wide ruled) books 1 Box Reclosing Quart sz. Plastic Bags 1 Box of Dixie 3 oz. Disposable Cups 3

rd Grade

2 Elmer’s Glue Sticks 1 Elmer’s School Glue 4 oz. 1 Pair 5” scissors 1 Box 24 cnt. Crayola crayons

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2 Pink Erasers 2 Pocket Folders w/ Brads- Blue 2 Pocket Folders w/ Brads – red, yellow 2 Red Pencil w/Eraser 1 Plastic School Supply Box 8.5” X 5.5” X2.5” 2 Dozen Ticonderoga No. 2 pencils 5 Composition (wide ruled) books 1 Crayola Classic thick Markers 8 count 1 Box of Map Color Pencils 1 Ziplock Bags (BOYS-Quart/GIRLS- Gallon) 4

th Grade

4 Elmer’s Glue Sticks 1 Pair 5” scissors 1 Box 24 cnt. Crayola crayons 1 Box Map Colors 2 Pink Erasers 2 Packs of Highlighters 5 Pocket Folders w/ Brads (red, blue, yellow, green, purple) 2 Pkg. Wide Ruled Paper 150 ct. I Box Ziploc Gallon Sz. Bags 1 Handheld Pencil Sharpener w/ receptacle 2 Dozen Ticonderoga No. 2 pencils 2 Composition (wide ruled) books 3 Spiral 70 ct. Wide Rule 5

th Grade

8 Elmer’s Glue Sticks 1 Pair 7” scissors 1 Box 16 ct. Crayola crayons 1 Pocket Folders w/ Brads- blue 1 Pocket Folders w/ Brads- purple 1 Pocket Folders – green 1 Pocket Folders – red 2 Dozen Ticonderoga No. 2 pencils 2 Composition (wide ruled) books 1 Crayola Classic thick Markers 8 ct. 1 pkg 200 ct Wide Ruled Notebook paper 1 Crayola 12 ct. colored pencils 1 Fluorescent Yellow Highlighter 4 Spiral Notebooks 70ct. Wide Ruled

SPECIAL PROGRAMS The District provides special programs for gifted and talented students, bilingual students, migrant students, homeless students, students with limited English proficiency, dyslexic students, and students with disabilities. A student or parent with questions about these programs should contact the counselor at 690-3920 Ext. 8648

STUDENT ACTIVITY FUND The student activity fund pays for items that directly affect students. Examples are: field trips, classroom supplies, student rewards, classroom projects, motivational speakers, etc. There are several absolutely painless ways to earn money for this fund! We will continue the very successful General Mills Box Tops for Education. Please save box tops and return them to school. Put your child’s name on the back. If you have a lot, put them in a plastic bag and label the bag. Eligible products include: Big G cereals, Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, Kleenex, Yoplait Yogurt, Lloyd’s

Barbeque Buckets, Green Giant frozen vegetables, and Betty Crocker products. Each box top is worth $.10!

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We renew and sell magazines to our families during a one day fundraiser in the fall. Thank you for supporting these programs!

STUDENT’S DESKS AND LOCKERS Students’ desks and lockers are school property and remain under the control and jurisdiction of the school even when assigned to an individual student.

Students are fully responsible for the security and contents of their assigned desks and lockers.

Searches of desks or lockers may be conducted at any time there is reasonable cause to believe that they contain articles or materials prohibited by policy, whether or not a student is present.

The parent will be notified if any prohibited items are found in the student’s desk or locker.

STUDENT SNACKS Many classrooms allow a snack time for an extra burst of energy during the busy day. Snacks are usually brought from home. Snacks may be purchased in the cafeteria at lunch. If you do not want your child buying extra items or if you want to limit the amount of extra items bought so that charges won’t be necessary, let the cafeteria manager know (690- 3920 Ext. 2069).

The district follows the federal and state guidelines regarding foods of minimal nutritional value being served or sold on school premises during the school day.

STAAR TESTING CALENDAR [Revised by TEA June 1, 2012] April 1 Grade 4 STAAR Writing Day 1; Grade 5 STAAR Mathematics

April 2 Grade 4 STAAR Writing Day 2; Grade 5 STAAR Reading

April 22 Grade 3 & 4 STAAR Mathematics

April 23 Grade 3 & 4 STAAR Reading; Grade 5 Science

May 13 Grade 5 Mathematics (retest)

May 14 Grade 5 Reading (retest)

June 24 Grade 5 Mathematics (retest)

June 25 Grade 5 Reading (retest)

Test results will be reported to students and parents. SUMMER SCHOOL This program is for students in grades 1-5 for academic reasons or excessive absences. TARDINESS Please set your watch to “Austin Standard Time”! The tardy bell rings at 8:00. Morning announcements are at 8:00. All students should be in their classrooms at that time. Late arrivals are disruptive to the classroom and have an adverse affect on educational progress. In order to help our students achieve the most they can in one school year, we cannot afford to lose instructional time. Students will be issued and should bring home a tardy slip when they are late.

Repeated instances of tardiness will result in more severe disciplinary action, in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. TEE SHIRTS The PTO will sell Austin t-shirts at the beginning of the school year.

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TELEPHONE USE Parents are asked to make after school arrangements with their children before they leave home. It is not desirable to interrupt classroom instruction to deliver messages. In addition, the office cannot handle last minute messages for students. After school students may use the office phone to check on a ride after waiting 15 minutes.

TEXTBOOKS Students shall be responsible for the care and return of textbooks. State-approved textbooks are provided free of charge for each subject or class. Books must be covered by the student, as directed by the teacher, and treated with care. Covers must be district and campus approved. A student who is issued a damaged book should report the damage to the teacher. Any student failing to return a book issued by the school loses the right to free textbooks until the book is returned or paid for by the parent. However, a student will be provided textbooks for use at school during the school day. TRAFFIC Cooperation is essential to avoid conflicts in the front drive! Traffic is one-way in the front circle. Arriving students should be dropped off in the right hand lane closest to the sidewalk. It takes less than fifteen minutes to load and unload students. Please be patient during drop-off and pick-up times.

TRANSFERS- AISD policy has been updated

Call Student Services at 677-1444 Ext. 8764 for assistance with transfers.

TRANSPORTATION Students are expected to assist district staff in ensuring that buses remain in good condition and that transportation is provided safely. When riding in district vehicles, students are held to behavioral standards established in this handbook and the Student Code of Conduct. Students must:

Follow the driver’s directions at all times.

Enter and leave the bus or van in an orderly manner- loading by K first, 1st next, 2nd third, 3rd fourth, 4th fifth and 5th grade students last at the designated stop

Keep feet, books, instrument cases, and other objects out of the aisle.

Not deface the bus, van, or its equipment.

Not put head, hands, arms, or legs out of the window, hold any object out of the window, or throw objects within or out of the bus or van.

Not possess or use any form of tobacco on school buses.

Observe all usual classroom rules.

Be seated while the vehicle is moving.

Wait for the driver’s signal upon leaving the bus or van and before crossing in front of the vehicle.

Misconduct will be punished in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct; bus-riding privileges may be suspended. Further information may be obtained by calling Rodney Murphy at 698-1628 Ext. 3248. Field Trips Field trips within Abilene and to nearby points of interest are scheduled by each grade level throughout the school year. These trips are designed to supplement the curriculum and to

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introduce students to resources in the community. Parents will receive notices of field trips well in advance. Usually students will be transported by AISD school buses. Every student must have a School Permission slip signed and on file before participating in field trips. An additional permission slip may be required for certain activities and trips. TUTORIALS Tutorials are provided during the school day. Teachers may make arrangements to tutor before or after school as well.

VANDALISM

The taxpayers of the community have made a sustained financial commitment for the construction and upkeep of school facilities. To ensure that school facilities can serve those for whom they are intended—both this year and for years to come—littering, defacing, or damaging school property is not tolerated. Students will be required to pay for damages they cause and will be subject to criminal proceedings as well as disciplinary consequences in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

VALUABLES Items of value should not be brought to school to prevent them getting lost or broken. VENDING MACHINES The district has adopted policies and implemented procedures to comply with agency and food service guidelines for restricting student access to vending machines. For more information regarding these policies and guidelines see the principal. (See policies CO and FFA.) VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL Parents and others are welcome to visit Austin Elementary. For the safety of those within the school and to avoid disruption of instructional time, all visitors must first report to the main office. A driver’s license is required and visitor stickers must be worn. Visits to individual classrooms during instructional time are permitted only with approval of the principal and teacher and so long as the duration or frequency does not interfere with the delivery of instruction or disrupt the normal school environment. All visitors are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of courtesy and conduct; disruptive behavior will not be permitted.

School personnel may require identification of any person on school property.

If your child forgot his/her lunch or some other needed item, please stop by the office. We will either deliver the item or call the student to the office.

Former students may not visit during school hours. Students from other schools may not visit during school hours.

YEARBOOKS Every year at Austin is a once in a lifetime experience! PTO will sell yearbooks toward the end of the school year. Each student will bring home an order form.